VARG VIKERNES Biography - Theater, Opera and Movie personalities


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Varg Vikernes was born Kristian Vikernes on February 11, 1973, outside of Bergen, Norway. Known by the nom de plume Count Grishnackh during the early days of black metal in Norway, Vikernes was the man behind the one-man music project Burzum, and lately has become a prominent voice for Neo-Nazism.


He is currently incarcerated for the 1993 murder of his former friend and member of the black metal-band Mayhem systein Aarseth (AKA Euronymous), serving a sentence of 21 years, the maximum possible in Norway. Euronymous published the first Burzum records, though the circumstances surrounding the reason for the murder are not entirely clear.


Aarseth no longer had control of Vikernes’ material, but Vikernes claims Aarseth had threatened to kill him and that his act was in fact ‘premeditated self-defense’, which according to his own “Nordic” code of ethics was a perfectly viable reason. According to those who knew both, these claims are probably fictitious. Some say they had an argument about a girl.


Vikernes is a proponent of the Asatru religion and believes it is a religion for all Germanic peoples. He helped create the Odalist movement & co-founded the ‘All-Germanic Heathen Front’ (although he is neither a member nor a leader). He is the author of several short works on his personal weltanschauung, namely ‘Vargsm’l’ (lit. ‘the speech of Varg’), ‘Irminsul’ & ‘Germansk Mytologi og Verdensanskuelse’. Vikernes interprets the old lore in a fascistic way and belongs to the leading heads of modern esoteric fascism.


He terminated his musical project that he continued from prison in 2000 due to the ‘negative notoriety’ which he believed he continually received from it as well as believing he was constantly misunderstood and misinterpreted by an ‘ignorant’ “fan” base that saw contradictions in either his outlook or how things he has said correlated to his outlook which he assures were never contradictive but simply novel & pervasive.


Vikernes has written lyrics for several songs by the band Darkthrone ("quintessence,” “as fittermice as satan’s spys” etc) that make use of characteristics from old Germanic folklore. In these, “satan” is brought up in the context of an ‘eye’ which is a source of light (i.e. the Sun) with mentions of a ’spear,’ a ‘hall of battle.’ All of which are masked references to the Germanic god Odin as he has been identified by the Christian Church. This was done with the double meaning that Vikernes does indeed consider Odin the “Adversary” of Judeo-Christianity as they could understand it. This has been mostly mistaken as ‘proving’ that Vikernes was at one time a “Satanist” and therefore someone who cannot adhere to one line of thinking, but in fact the case is that he is an artist as well as an ideologue. Vikernes has stated many times that he is entirely opposed to Satanism as he considers it a reactionary form of Christianity.


He was apparently fascinated with the fictional realm of Mordor from The Lord of the Rings, and claimed to have mastered the Black Speech, from which he took the name Burzum. Again this shows a double meaning in that the Christianized perspective of Teutonic sourced myths which J.R.R. Tolkien used in his Lord of the Rings books to create that language made him give the word ‘Burz’ the meaning “Darkness.” When in the old Germanic language of heathen times “Berts” meant ‘Bright,’ ‘Light’ or ‘Brilliant.’ Vikernes was using fiction to empathize the truth on a Jungian archetypal level.


In October 2003 he attempted to escape from jail. After hijacking a car and apparently driving around with no clear plan he was apprehended by the police. He was caught with an Assault rifle, a handheld GPS system and had Military Uniforms/Camouflage clothes with him.